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Sesame Place becomes first theme park to be designated as Certified Autism Center

The announcement came on World Autism Awareness Day.

By Franki Rudnesky,

Pennsylvania’s Sesame Place has become the first theme park in the world designated as a Certified Autism Center (CAC), saying it has committed to special training for workers and assistance for families with children on the autism spectrum.

The Langhorne, Bucks County-based park, which opens for its 38th season on April 28, announced this week that staff-wide autism sensitivity and awareness training had been completed, allowing for the park’s distinction as a CAC.

CAC designation by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) requires the park to provide ongoing training — every two years to be exact — to team members so they have the necessary skills and knowledge to interact with families that have children with special needs, specifically on the autism spectrum.

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